Thwarting Counterfeiters: By the Numbers

Feb. 10, 2009
Seizures of counterfeits goods grow by 10% in 2008.

Federal agencies recorded nearly 15,000 seizures of fake or pirated goods in fiscal 2008, according to annual statistics released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. That's an increase in seizures related to intellectual property rights (IPR) violations of nearly 10% over the previous year, when some 13,675 seizures were reported.

Footwear has been the top commodity seized since fiscal 2006, while China remains the leading source of IPR violation seizures. Other data show:

14,992 number of intellectual property rights (IPR) seizures by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in fiscal 2008

$272.7 million total domestic value of goods seized for IPR violations in fiscal 2008

38.6 percentage increase in domestic value* of seized goods over fiscal 2007

81 percentage of total domestic value of goods that came from China in fiscal 2008

38 percentage of entire value of infringing goods accounted for by footwear

*Domestic value is the cost of the seized goods, plus the cost of shipping and importing the goods into the U.S., and an amount for profit.

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Bio: Jill Jusko is executive editor for IndustryWeek. She has been writing about manufacturing operations leadership for more than 20 years. Her coverage spotlights companies that are in pursuit of world-class results in quality, productivity, cost and other benchmarks by implementing the latest continuous improvement and lean/Six-Sigma strategies. Jill also coordinates IndustryWeek’s Best Plants Awards Program, which annually salutes the leading manufacturing facilities in North America.

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